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Aguero brace sends Man City back top

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A brace for Sergio Aguero, his 15th and 16th goals of the season, sent Manchester City top of the Premier League standings for a few hours at the very least.

The Citizens battled back from a goal down to beat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor as goals from Aguero either side of half-time allowed the visitors to take advantage of some awful defending.

Burnley, looking to bounce back from a disappointing 4-0 thumping at the hands of West Brom on Monday, showed good character in the first half and took the lead courtesy of a long range strike from Dean Marney.

Unfortunately for the hosts, their midfield took a beating losing Marney and Gudmundsson in quick succession in the first half, and Aguero's goals added to their discomfort.

Aguero's first came at the end of a goal mouth scramble after Burnley failed to clear a corner 8 minutes before half-time.

The Argentine attacker then doubled his and Manchester City's goal tally on the hour mark as some catastrophic defending from the hosts saw two of their players collide in the box as they attempted to clear a loose ball.

Ben Mee and Stephen Ward banged into each other and an alert Fernandinho took the ball to the byline before putting in a low cross which Sergio Aguero shinned home from point blank range.

The win takes Manchester City to 30 points from 13 games, above Liverpool and Chelsea temporarily on a day on which three different clubs might well find themselves top of the standings.

Yaya Toure, who played for the second straight weekend after being reinstated in the Manchester City squad told BT Sport after the game, "It was quite hard, physical game but we responded really well and are happy with the three points."

Fernandinho, ever present in Pep Guardiola's scheme of things chimed in, "We expected a tough match. We analysed Burnley and saw they play long balls and go for second balls, and they scored like that. But we responded very well. That is down to our spirit. Any team who wants to be champions has to win games like this."


Burnley: Robinson, Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward, Gudmundsson, Marney, Defour, Boyd, Hendrick, Vokes.

Subs: Flanagan, Gray, Barnes, Kightly, Tarkowski, Pope, Arfield.

Man City: Bravo, Sagna, Otamendi, Kolarov, Clichy, Fernandinho, Fernando, Sterling, Toure, Nolito, Aguero.

Subs: Zabaleta, Caballero, Jesus Navas, De Bruyne, Sane, Silva, Iheanacho.

Final Score: Burnley 1-2 Manchester City (Marney 14', Agüero 37', 60')